“Cosmic Man”

By Dr. Abner Mality

It’s been many years since I’ve heard the name of Ewigkeit and its enigmatic creator, Mr. Fog. To be honest, I thought they had shuffled off the mortal coil quite a while ago. But here they are again with “Cosmic Man”.

I thought Ewigkeit’s “Radio Ixtlan” was one of the best and most original metal creations of the first decade of the 21st century. So good in fact that it will likely never be surpassed. “Cosmic Man” doesn’t reach those rarefied heights and I don’t think that’s what Mr. Fog was aiming for, anyway. On this album, we get a combination of crunching metal and keyboard-driven 70’s prog that is uniquely Ewigkeit. I get the impression this record was done with no grand expectations and was just a way for Mr. Fog to create an enjoyable record to bring the band’s name back to the forefront.

The Jon Lord style organ playing dominates the tunes here, but much like Lord’s work in Deep Purple, it adds to the heaviness instead of distracting from it. The mixture sounds extremely natural and flows well. The pace of most of the songs is a steady, metallic gallop and Fog’s vocals are also naturalistic and unforced. Tunes like “Death Is The Portal”, “Neon Ghoul Ride” and “Running Away From the Circus” fall into this category. “Space Horse” is a driving instrumental where the guitar is at its heaviest and where the organ can roam free and unfettered. “Thief In the Sky” integrates Native American chants and rhythms into the Ewigkeit framework in a very cool way. On the other end of the scale, “Back of Beyond” really seems to drag and the energy is muted. The album ends with a fairly faithful cover of Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes to Midnight” where Fog thankfully doesn’t try to sound like Bruce Dickinson.

“Cosmic Man” is not the blowaway album that “Radio Ixtland” was and always will be. It’s not as daring and demanding listeners may find parts of it rather samey. But it sounds plenty good to me and it’s definitely true to say that nobody else sounds quite like Ewigkeit.